- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 7, 2013

The center of a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec was destroyed after a runaway train carrying more than 70 tankers of crude oil exploded Saturday, killing at least five people.

About 40 people are listed as missing in Lac-Megantic, a small lakeside town close to Quebec’s border with Maine.

The train had been parked for the night seven miles away from Lac-Megantic, according to a statement from the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. On Saturday morning, it slipped downhill, derailed and then crashed into downtown, leveling homes and historic buildings, CNN reported.

At a press conference Sunday, police spokesman Michel Brunet said, “We know that there will be many more” deaths.

More than 17,600 people have joined a Facebook page to help people connect with their loved ones in the town.

Five firetrucks deployed from Franklin County, Maine, to help fight the blaze, CNN reported.

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